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iPhone 6 Plus vs Nexus 6: Which is one-upping which?

Posted: 28 Nov 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Editor's Note: Big-screened phones or phablets are both growing in size and number. Information Week's Eric Zeman compares two of the more prominent brands available in the market today: Apple's iPhone 6 Plus and Google's Nexus 6.

Apple and Google put forth their best efforts this fall with the iPhone 6 Plus and Nexus 6. These oversized handsets are chock full of features that consumers and mobile professionals alike will enjoy. After spending a month using each phone, I found clear differences in both hardware and software that are worth pointing out. Let's take a deep dive into what sets these two behemoths apart.

[See also: iPhone 6 Plus teardown: Lots of hardware in small space]

The iPhone 6 Plus and Nexus 6 are both large smartphones. The Nexus 6 is slightly wider, but the two are otherwise comparable in terms of height and thickness. Due to their size, they often require both hands to operate comfortably. Apple and Motorola (which made the Nexus 6 for Google) did a great

job with materials and the quality of manufacturing. Winner: Tie

The Nexus 6 has a bigger, more pixel-rich screen. While the 6 Plus's screen looks fantastic, the Nexus 6's display is sharper and more colourful. Apple's screen is somewhat brighter. Winner: Nexus 6, by an eyelash.

The 6 Plus has an 8-megapixel camera with optical image stabilisation, while the Nexus 6 has a 13-megapixel camera with a dual-LED flash. Despite its higher pixel count, the camera on the Nexus 6 doesn't compete well with that of other flagship devices. The iPhone 6 Plus's camera, on the other hand, is one of the best available, boasting incredible clarity and exposure capabilities. Winner: iPhone 6 Plus by a wide margin.

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

(Source: Apple)

Storage is an interesting story. The iPhone 6 Plus comes in 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB models, while the Nexus 6 comes with either 32GB or 64GB. Google charges $649 for the 32GB Nexus 6, which is the same price Apple charges for the 16GB iPhone 6 Plus. Google wants $699 for the 64GB model, and Apple wants $749 for the 64GB model. Neither device supports expandable storage, though cloud storage is available to both. Winner: Tie.

Battery life has come a long way. Despite their monstrous screens, both the iPhone 6 Plus and Nexus 6 manage to deliver a full day of usable battery life. That means I was able to consistently use each phone from 8:00 a.m. to midnight with no trouble. That said, the 6 Plus tends to last several hours longer than the Nexus 6, which could make all the difference in the world when you're nowhere near a charger. Winner: iPhone 6 Plus.

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